Details about services, prayer in church and funerals

Churches are permitted to continue with public worship, even during Tier 5 restrictions, so we will continue with all our usual services; this includes: Sunday 10.30am Mass, Wednesday 10am Mass, Friday 1pm Mass.  Exact details of how this will operate can be found here.  From 8th August, government requirements are that individuals should wear face coverings in church, except whilst receiving Holy Communion or leading parts of the service (e.g. reading from the Bible, leading intercessions, preaching or presiding), or if you fall into an exempt category.  There is 2m (6 feet)  distance between all the allocated places in church.  During Tier 4 restrictions, it is strictly forbidden to socialise with anyone in church unless they are in your household/support bubble.

During the Tier 5 ("stay at home") restrictions, the church is not open for private individual prayer,. At other times you can find details about how to book a time to pray in church and the arrangements here.  We have sent out resources for prayer and worship at home, and copies are available on this page. There is a revised version of Spiritual Communion, which can be found in this section of the website or by clicking here.   Video messages are to be found one our YouTube channel, and on our Facebook page.  The individual links can be found on here

Funerals are permitted in church; there are still some restrictions on numbers, and social distancing rules apply.  We are able to accommodate up to 30 mourners in St John's.  For more details please contact your funeral director, or the vicar, Father Barrie.  Weddings and baptisms are not permitted during Tier 4 restrictions, except in exceptional circumstances.  If you are concerned about any of this, please contact us here or by telephone 0121 356 7998

Prayers, Spiritual Communion and the collects and readings fare all available in this section of the website. 

We will update this with further details on a regular basis.  (Last udpate: Tuesday 5th January)


Homily for The Baptism of Christ
by Elisabeth Fisher, Licensed Lay Minister

Epiphany Letter
With details about church services during Alert Level 5

Church open for worship
Details about services in church

A letter from Mother Laura, our new curate
Mother Laura Ward introduces herself to the parish

Individual Private Prayer in church
Private prayer in church is not available during Tier 5 ("stay at home") restrictions

Morning and Evening Prayer for Christmastide
Morning and Evening Prayer for use at home

Spiritual Communion and Collects and readings for each week
Spiritual Communion for use at home including the readings, Psalms and collects

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